10 Tips on Building Your Email Marketing List (and Why it Matters)

As digital marketing has evolved we’ve seen more and more companies looking to maximize their audience reach and response through new channels, particularly social media. And while that makes sense – an ever-expanding amount of consumers are spending more and more time on social platforms – at the same time, businesses shouldn’t neglect ‘older’ methods which may still be just as effective, in particular, email.

Email marketing

Why email? In a study published by McKinsey and Company last year, they found that despite the rise of social networks, email “remains a significantly more effective way to acquire customers than social media – nearly 40 times that of Facebook and Twitter combined”.…

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Your Business Website Isn’t Good – Here’s Why

As an ardent reader of SMBCEO, you know too well how important the Internet is for small-business success. Small enterprises rely on the inexpensive marketing of social media and the Web’s plethora of accessible, essential business tools. You even comprehend the necessity of maintaining a small-business website to supply your customers and clients with the vital information they need to seek your products and services. Yet, having a website isn’t exactly the same as having a great website — or even a good one, at that.

Anxious businessman worrying over his bad business website

Your website is the lifeblood of your online presence, which means you must ensure that it looks nice, performs well, and, ultimately, makes sales.…

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5 Tips for Swag Giveaways that Don’t Bore the Recipients to Death

When it comes to promotional products, the financial and professional services sector can be a bit boring. It’s true that quality promotional products matter; however, these won’t be effective in their own. You need to embed more value to the items.

Promotional product - USB

Sounds challenging? Fear not – with a little creativity, your swag can represent much more that the items’ value. Here are five tips for promotional product giveaways that fascinate, intrigue and delight the recipients:

1. Tell story

I used to work with a payroll company in getting their brand and message enhanced via content creation and marketing. As a thank you for my effort, they sent a box full of swag.…

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Marketing Toolbox: Ways to Build Your Residential Construction Business From the Ground Up

Some of the smartest ways to build a home construction business aren’t always the most intuitive. Here are a few ideas to get you going from the ground up using smart marketing tools that your competition isn’t.

Residential construction business

How To Find Your Target Audience

Think about the age, gender, location, and income of the families you want to be working with. Figure out where these people live right now, what the neighborhood culture is like, and how to connect your ideal customer with that neighborhood.

For example, in Chicago, you might have one type of customer that would want to live in Hyde Park.…

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4 New Experiential Technologies for Trade Shows

For many industries, trade shows are an essential component of building brand awareness and major partnerships, as well as generating sales. But increasingly, simply having a simple booth and brand representative aren’t enough, and many great businesses have taken the leap to use new technologies to make dramatic impacts at trade shows. Trade show attendees and potential clients of all kinds are becoming better informed and often more reluctant to make commitments to brands.

Nintendo experiential expo booth

Sure, most trade shows have now included an aggressive social media marketing regimen for attendees and demonstrators. Paper brochures and flyers are now largely a thing of the past, and even pre-event, many demonstrators of a trade show are allowed to share pertinent business information with the social profiles of attendees hours or day before the floors open.…

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How To: Targeted Advertising For Your Underground Print Campaigns

The London Underground has over 1.2 billion passengers annually, making the numerous advertising spaces available very desireable. Unlike buses and overground trains, the tube doesn’t allow access to the internet, leaving many passengers with nothing to look at except ads.

Ads in Piccadilly Circus Underground Station

London poster print company Ro-Am Posters says that the essence of a great poster campaign lies in ‘communicating to audiences through eye-catching visuals and succinctly presented information’. A bigger advert doesn’t need you to include more information, in fact less can be more striking and will grab the attention of passengers.

As with any advertorial campaign, budget plays a huge part in where you can advertise.…

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4 Tips for Building your Brand Using The Internet

There are millions of businesses online, so when you put your business on the internet you have tons of competition for attention. That’s why it is important to make sure that you are getting your name and business out there. There are many ways to do this, from blogging to social media.

Online branding

There are reasons that you need to utilize all of the outlets the internet offers, if you want to ensure that your business has success online. If you have a blog you can increase your sales and social media allows you to get on a closer level with your customers.…

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Trade Shows and Exhibits: Easy and Effective Ways to Attract More Visitors to your Booth

When you’re attending a trade show or convention, it’s all about exposure. So, here are some simple and effective ways to get more people to notice your booth.

Gorilla Glass trade show booth

Get a Good Location

Your booth location will determine a lot of your success at a show. The old adage is true: “location, location, location.” Does anyone need to be reminded of this? Yes. We see this advice all the time, and yet many businesses still don’t get in until the last minute, forfeiting the best places in the show. As a result, they’re stuck behind a pole, or in the back where residual foot traffic happens.…

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3 Reasons Why Custom Logo Design is Recommended for Any Business

Most business managers do not actually know that much about all the aspects that have to be taken into account when dealing with a company. Unfortunately, elements that are really important are seen as completely unimportant. This lack of knowledge can easily lead towards a loss of profits, which is not something that you want. You will need to seriously consider custom logo design since this will aid a lot in the overall success of your company.

Harley Davidson logo

We can say that there are many things that can be mentioned about logo design and we can end up talking about the subject for a really long period of time.…

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The Multifaceted vs The Veteran: A Comparison of GetResponse and ConstantContact

Email marketing is without a doubt one of the best ways to generate new leads and establish communication with potential customers. Thanks to the multitude of email marketing services available now, doing it is no longer as tedious and limited as it was in the past. You can easily find good web-based services to help you undertake massive email marketing campaigns involving tens of thousands of contacts or subscribers.

GetResponse vs. ConstantContact

The question is: which specific email marketing service should you use? For this discussion, the focus will be on two of the most common services: GetResponse and ConstantContact. Which is better?…

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